Incense holder with scholars in a landscape

Zhu Sansong

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219

The ubiquitous motif of scholars in the midst of a remote landscape is elegantly carved on the surface of this incense holder. The openwork decoration facilitates the release of fragrance from incense sticks burning inside.

Incense holder with scholars in a landscape, Zhu Sansong (active ca. 1573–1619), Bamboo, China

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